Since I’m joining the Travel the World in Books Challenge at the time of its first Readathon, this post will serve to outline my goals for both events. My thanks to Mom’s Small Victories, I’m Lost in Books, and Savvy Working Gal for hosting this challenge and readathon.
I am planning my Challenge reading goals to intersect with much of the reading list that is taking shape for the Northern Lights Reading Project as a whole–literature, history, biography, travel, and food writing, which relates to Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. These are places I would love to visit in person, but for now, I will travel via reading and appreciating some of their major landmarks in fiction and nonfiction. Books by authors from these countries have a high priority on my reading list, but other fiction and nonfiction books that take these countries as their subject are included.
I’m planning to read 40 books in 5 years, or 8 books a year, for this challenge. I may be able to finish more, but with work and other reading/reviewing commitments, this seems like a good place to start. I will keep track of my Travel the World in Books progress with a Goodreads bookshelf (although I must say I love the method suggested by Tanya of Mom’s Small Victories–charting her reading on a personalized Google map). But Goodreads is the way to go for me, because I can post brief reviews of qualifying books. Longer book reviews will appear here on Northern Lights or over at my other blog, The Fictional 100.
For my September 2014 Readathon goals, I plan to read some portions of the following books:
- The Laughing Policeman (a Martin Beck Police Mystery) by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (trans. by Allan Blair) [Sweden]
- Daughter of Fire by Katharine Scherman [Iceland]
- The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography by Hans Christian Andersen [Denmark]
- Kalevala (trans. by Francis Magoun) [Finland]
- East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North, collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen & Jørgen Moe, illustrated by Kay Nielsen [Norway, Denmark]